Category Archives: Place Based Education

Service-Learning Expands Across a High School’s Curriculum

Ray Dumais of Goffstown High School, is an alumni of Community Works Institute’s Summer EAST Institute on Service-Learning. After he attended the Institute, Ray reported significant progress in developing service-learning opportunities at his school. He added, “ The Institute gave … Continue reading

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Mapping McCabe: Connecting Curriculum and Community Through Environmental Education

by Susie Denehy and David Sobel The Reintroduction of Students into the Landscape Dorothy McCabe, thin, strong and well-preserved as a cedar post, had us captivated with her stories. We sat in the parlor of her old home twelve years … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: A New Paradigm in Teaching About Hunger

By DIANE SHINGLEDECKER FROM THE INSIDE — Thoughts on Place-Based Education at a Community College Last fall, I started working in a local food pantry as part of my graduate work in Service-Learning. I saw the need in a town where others … Continue reading

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Taking an Empathic Approach to Learning Through Community Based Fieldwork

By JOE BROOKS, Director, Community Works Institute (CWI) We had a great conversation in Los Angeles recently, with veteran educators Felipe Sanchez and Alexandra Gonzales. (a video is included below) Alexandra is a science/STEM teacher from Long Beach, California who … Continue reading

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Education through Restoration: Creating Meaningful Service-Learning Projects

INSTITUTE REFLECTION By MARIJKE HECHT Marijke Hecht is the Director of Education at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and alumnus of CWI’s Summer Institute on Service-Learning. She and her team of educators spent a week with CWI working on development of … Continue reading

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The Aerial Classroom: Views from Above

By BELLE BOGGS Community Works Journal is pleased to share the thoughts and writing of Belle Boggs. Belle has worked in K-12 public schools across the U.S. and is an award winning author. Her new novel is The Ugly Bear … Continue reading

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Bring a CWI Professional Development Event to Your School

CWI Provides SITE BASED Support for Local Schools and Organizations We work with schools and community organizations—on-site at their locations across the U.S. and internationally. We believe that global citizenship starts at home, and that to serve our local communities … Continue reading

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English Learners Building Language and Belonging through Folk Arts Education

By LUCINDA MEGILL LEGENDRE, JANICE PREVAIL, KRISTIN M. LARSEN, AMY BRUECK, and LINDA DEAFENBAUGH Folk Arts Building Language and Belonging Schools and educational programs intentionally designed to support the academic, linguistic, cultural, and social-emotional needs of newcomer English Learners (ELs) … Continue reading

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Children of Shangri-Lost

By MAUREEN K. PORTER and SUSAN A. DAWKINS We are a group of youth in Pittsburgh who want to show the world that despite being displaced and sometimes forgotten, we have not forgotten who we are and what we have … Continue reading

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The Stone Wall Project: A Reflection on Hands-On Learning and Immovable Objects

by MARTINA DANCING EDITORS NOTE: The Stone Wall Project at Guilford Central School in Vermont was part of a long term effort to create and demonstrate the effect and power of hands-on place basedservice-learning experiences — for both students and … Continue reading

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